updated 09:03 am EDT, Mon September 24, 2012
Record for iPhone, still below some analyst numbers
Over 5 million iPhone 5s were sold during the launch weekend, Apple has announced. "Demand for iPhone 5 has been incredible and we are working hard to get an iPhone 5 into the hands of every customer who wants one as quickly as possible," reads a prepared statement from CEO Tim Cook. "While we have sold out of our initial supply, stores continue to receive iPhone 5 shipments regularly and customers can continue to order online and receive an estimated delivery date. We appreciate everyone's patience and are working hard to build enough iPhone 5s for everyone."
The figure sets another record for iPhone launch sales, beating out the 4 million achieved by the iPhone 4S. It is however below what some analysts were calling for, the most extreme prediction being up to 10 million. Before launch Apple registered over 2 million preorders in a space of 24 hours. It's not clear how many of the 5 million sold over the weekend were preorders.
Apple has also revealed that more than 100 million devices have been upgraded to iOS 6, which was released just last Wednesday. This is in spite of widespread criticism of the firmware's Maps app, which abandons ties with Google. Users have complained about inaccuracies, missing features, and in some cases badly-rendered graphics.